Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums 2012

Each year brings a new crop of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. For 2012 there are new collections from top country artists, classic pop artists, and current stars.

The list of performers leans to the alternative side of the musical spectrum, but these charming versions of holiday classics will appeal to most pop fans. Breakout act fun kicks off the collection with a thoroughly contemporary update on the classic "Sleigh Ride." Other artists included are The Shins, Calexico, Punch Brothers, and a version of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)" by Paul McCartney. Chris Funk of the band The Decemberists served as producer. This is likely to be a holiday album treasured for years to come.

All three of Lady Antebellum's non-holiday studio albums were certified platinum, and the two most recent reached #1 on the album chart. Two years ago they released their first holiday collection, a Target exclusive EP titled A Merry Little Christmas. On This Winter's Night is their first full-length Christmas album. The title cut is an original song by the group, but most of the rest of the album is Lady Antebellum versions of Christmas classics. This album peaked at #8 on the overall album chart, #2 country, and earned a gold certification for sales. Paul Worley, known for discovering the Dixie Chicks and producing Big & Rich, produced this Christmas collection.

This is the first holiday collection from legendary pop singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rod Stewart. David Foster produced and arranged the album. Among the guest performers are Mary J. Blige, Michael Buble, and Cee-Lo Green. The album includes one original song, "Red-Suited Super Man," while the other tracks are a wide ranging collection of holiday classics. Merry Christmas, Baby climbed to #3 on the album chart, the highest placing for Rod Stewart in six years. It became the bestselling holiday album of 2012 and ultimately earned a platinum certification for sales. 

This seventh studio album from country star and The Voice mentor Blake Shelton was his first Christmas collection. Guest artists include Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, and Shelton's then wife, country star Miranda Lambert. The album is balanced between a handful of new songs and a strong selection of traditional favorites. Cheers, It's Christmas reached #8 on the album chart and #2 country. It re-entered the chart in 2013 and ultimately earned a gold certification for sales.

Pop singer Olivia Newton-John released three solo albums of Christmas music. She first collaborated with John Travolta in the massive hit musical film Grease. One of the songs on the new album titled "I Think You Might Like It" is being touted as a sequel of sorts to the #1 hit from Grease "You're the One That I Want." The album is being promoted as the equivalent of an old-fashioned TV holiday special. All proceeds from the album were donated to charity, and it included guest appearances from Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. The album peaked at #81 on the US album chart making it Olivia Newton-John's first appearance in the top 100 since 1998 and John Travolta's first appearance in the top 100 since 1983.

Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn possesses one of the most haunting voices in popular music. Her first holiday collection included a wide range of covers of seasonal songs by alternative artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Ron Sexsmith, and White Stripes. She also covered Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas" and Joni Mitchell's "River." Sprinkled in are a few traditional holiday favorites as well. The album broke into the top 100 on the UK album chart.

Colbie Caillat reached the top 10 with all three of her previous studio albums, and she became a staple on adult pop radio. She says that her first Christmas album is an album for those who don't celebrate a traditional kind of Christmas. She says, "Not everyone lives in the snow or cold places for Christmas, so why don't we write some songs for them to be able to relate to what their Christmas is like." Her album included five original songs and 10 holiday classics. Gavin DeGraw and Brad Paisley guest on the album. Christmas In the Sand was co-produced by Colbie Caillat's father Ken Caillat. The collection peaked at #41 on the overall album chart and #4 on the holiday album chart.

Teen country singer Scotty McCreery was the winner of American Idol in 2011. His debut album Clear As Day reached #1 and was certified platinum. Christmas With Scotty McCreery is his second studio album. It included two new songs and nine holiday classics. The album was promoted on TV through QVC and turned into a commercial success. It peaked at #4 on the overall album chart, #2 country, and #1 on the holiday album chart. The collection ultimately earned a gold certification for sales.

Christian metalcore band August Burns Red climbed higher in the charts with each successive album release. The 2011 album Leveler reached #11 on the overall album chart while topping both the Christian and hard rock charts. The Christmas album Sleddin' Hill is all instrumental and includes a wide range of influences on the group's music. The album broke into the top 10 of the Christian album chart and reached #14 on the hard rock chart.

Christina Perri's debut album lovestrong hit the top 5 of the album chart after her single "Jar Of Hearts" peaked at #17 and was certified triple platinum. A Very Merry Perri Christmas is an EP of holiday music. The new song "Something About December" is matched with five classic songs. The EP brushed into the top 100 of the US album chart at #98.

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